What’s the worst thing about painting your home? Is it the picky preparation, doing the trim, that dreaded second coat, or even just picking a colour?
Let’s face it, painting isn’t a fun job for most of us, and if you add disappointing results to the mix, you have a recipe for a minor home renovation that can haunt you for years.
If you are painting your own home, remember that a little bit of planning pays off in this tiresome task. The experts offer some basic tips that will ensure a smooth, neat job, unless you’re the type that steps into the paint can on the way down from the ladder.
- Remove all flaking or peeling paint from the surface you are painting.
- Use bleach to kill any mildew and prevent it from returning under your new paint.
- Use shellac to seal water stains, which will bleed through latex paint.
- Remove wall items like electrical plates rather than masking them.
- Tie garbage bags over fixtures like chandeliers.
- Mask windows and glass with newspaper.
- Line roller trays with a plastic garbage bag.
- Put the paint can inside a cardboard box when mixing to prevent spattering.
- Put smaller litre sized paint cans inside an empty four-litre can, to prevent spills.
- Buy lots of drop cloths, and make newspaper pathways through your house so you won’t track paint down the halls.
- Buy good masking tape, at least an inch wide, and remove it as soon as your paint has set.
- Put paintbrushes, rollers and trays inside a garbage bag to keep them from drying out overnight.
If you do decide to forgo all this effort, hire a pro recommended by friends or neighbours. They have many other tricks and tips, not to mention valuable experience.